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Exclusive Wales

Exclusive Wales

“WELCOME to a scandal.” These were the first words in a Church Times leader comment in July 2003, when Dr Jeffrey John was forced to relinquish the prospect of becoming Bishop of Reading, after pressure from conservatives in the Oxford diocese and the wider Anglican Communion over his homosexuality

Lost in translation

Lost in translation

THE shifting tectonic plates of the earth’s crust come together in three different ways: they butt full on into each other; one overrides another; or they grind along together

A second vote

A second vote

IF ONE referendum is democratic, two ought to be twice as democratic. When the second is called to counter the first, however, the democratic dividend is halved, and the whole process is brought into disrepute

Through a lens darkly

Through a lens darkly

THERE was a moment during the Oscars ceremony on Sunday night when the veneer of glamour was stripped away — and it was not when the wrong envelope was opened

Gift of charity

Gift of charity

IN THE Church of England, you have a choice: as your thoughts turn towards Lent and patterns of self-discipline, you can, with the 1662 Prayer Book collect, remember that “all our doings without charity are nothing worth” and ask to be given “the most excellent gift of charity”

Not strained; Plea for justice

A CODA to the Bishops’ report on marriage and same-sex relation­­­ships: since its publication, contrasts have been drawn between their policies on the blessing of same-sex unions and on marriage after divorce

Trump on torture

Trump on torture

THE advice about President Trump is generally sound: do not react to what he says; wait, instead, and see what he does

The united front

The united front

ANYONE expecting any sort of solution from the House of Bishops to the Church’s seemingly endless dilemma over same-sex relationships has allowed hope to triumph over experience. The group of bishops chosen by the Archbishops to help their peers reflect on the issue

God on Monday

God on Monday

THE working group on clergy well-being and the task group on lay leadership — two Church of England committees that have now reported — both have the potential to stir things up beyond their members’ expectations

Future perfect

Future perfect

FOR present needs, a cartographer drawing up a map has to ensure that it corresponds to the contours of the landscape. This applies as much to figurative road maps as to geographical ones. For the future, conveniently, map-makers can produce whatever they like

That the 46,000 may be one

That the 46,000 may be one

EACH year, the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, based at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts, publishes a one-page summary of the state of world Christianity

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